On se trouve ici à la croisée entre la survivance de musiques traditionnelles (qui auraient pu être éditées par Smithsonian Folkways Recordings), de musiques concrètes et d’avant-garde. « Movements for Listening » porte à merveille son titre. C’est assurément un des disques les plus énigmatiques qui nous ont été donnés à écouter au cours de l’année écoulée.
Rarely has a dry warning about the use of strobes turned out to be so timely as here, because the piece Tap Noir is a lot like a 45-minute fever dream. I am slightly nauseous, and I love it.
From pretty straightforward jazz guitar stylings to radical explorations of timbre and texture, Eraker and Co manage to blow to pieces the image one might hold of tap dance and jazz or improvised music, for that matter. In doing so, they provide a record of highly engaging musical interest far beyond expectations or conventions. The material would not be out of place at the Holland Festival or Gaudeamus Festival. Music too that stretches the physical and embraces the natural (check the reverb in the recording made at the immersive resonances of Emanuel Vigeland Museum!!) into uncharted territories of bliss and wonder (at time surpassing even the Cuts-series of Merzbow, Pándi & Gustafsson in brutal noise force). True movements for engaged deep listening. It is a record for the top spots of the Year List 2023 for sure.
Eraker elevates: It's captivating, and it works in a natural way - not just on the level of ideas. The images, movements, instruments and sounds create a kind of materiality that is difficult to translate into text.
Jazz.pt (in Portugese)
Anyone who still remembers the way David Moss plays the drums or even when Han Bennink leaves his drum kit and starts to play on everything around him, gets an idea of the sound universe of “One Small Step”. ... Very beautiful because it puts us in a medicinal sound asylum, full of curious musical events, strange sounds, where there is an enormous capacity to make music with what results from the movement of the body, with architecture and with the moment.
The Free Jazz Collective
It was energetic, colorful, theatrical and a sight to behold. The best thing about it all, was that it also made sense in a musical way. You saw and heard three musicians performing, with the difference that one of them was also a dancer. An arresting performance, I’ve never really seen anything like it.
Jazz.pt (in Portugese)
The Norwegian musicians have an enormous capacity to explore unforeseen solutions and, at the same time, a great musical sense. One Small Step's music was always beautiful to listen to and based on melody. They are a group with an enormous performance potential that makes us curious where they will go. It was a privilege to hear this concert...
...the group can now offer a full – albeit acoustic – multi-media experience. That experience is succinctly captured on this CD. Introduced with some bird-like whistling, double bass strokes and harsh wooden heel stomps and completed by staccato heel-and-toe clacks as regularized as drum beats, “Heija” and “Yarny”, the lengthy middle tracks allow the trio members to stretch out their art to its best advantage.
Fire totalt improviserte "låter" på fra to minutter til vel 16 minutter skaper stemninger, spenninger og musikk som fjetrer og som utfordrer - sikkert for de tre involverte også og definitivt for meg som lytter.
Downtown Music Gallery
This long piece is like a journey unfolding with the footsteps making a central pulse, the kind of groove we have while riding on a metaphorical horse. Although I never thought about it, the sound of feet tapping on the floor evokes a variety of images both rhythmically and the feeling of being in motion, whether walking or dancing. I found this disc to be impressive, a nice way to take ourselves into another place in our imagination.
Eraker gebruikt haar voetjes als instrument, eerst al tappend (niet achter een bar, maar zover waren jullie wel al mee) en dan, tapdansschoenen af, in een zandbak. Wat dan weer het geluid van een jazzdrummer geeft die – voorzichtig, heel teder – zijn trommelvellen streelt met een borsteltje.
Now's The Time
Det starter elegant, med et lurt og lekent femtaktvamp, før vi deiser inn i den psykedeliske gryta, hvor Reiersrud vrir på knottene, finner fram en fele og Eraker tar av seg skoene (i videoen får vi se at hun har mange forskjellige par som vi sikkert får høre på resten av plata) og fortsetter barbent, på en plate dekket av sand. Når man skriver føles det alltid som å ta på seg en litt rar og fjong hatt å bruke ordet taktilt om musikk, men det er noe her, altså.
Her er ho perkusjonist. Ho har ein vanvittig groove, og lydvariasjonen ho får fram med å treffe med skoen på golvet i ulike vinklar utgjer eit rimelig fett trommesett!
Denne trioen har noe eget å fortelle og gjør det med leken kvalitet.
Dalla Norvegia arriva un’altra dimostrazione di creatività estesa e multidisciplinare.
Insounder, about the music scene in Norway, and my plans for my solo album.
Volkskrant, about me and my projects (in Dutch).
Now's The Time, about tap dance and Movements for Listening (in Norwegian).
Jazzinorge, about the album Movements for Listening (in Norwegian).
Samtiden, about the album Movements for Listening (in Norwegian).
Kontekst, about the album Movements for Listening (in Norwegian).
Norsk Shakespearetidsskrift, a Norwegian theater magazine, about Tap Noir, Dansens Haus and tap dance in Norway (in Norwegian).
Danseinformasjonen, about my background and current work (in Norwegian).
Musikkultur.no, about the way I relate to sound (in Norwegian).
Now's The Time, about tap dance and what's happening in Oslo (in Norwegian).
Radio and podcasts (all in Norwegian)
Podcast with Kristoffer, about our project Øy.
Studio2, P2, about tap dance and Movements for Listening.
H17 podcast, about tap dance, life as a tap dancer, the album and more, incl. listening samples.
Musikklivet radio, about the album Gol Variations with One Small Step and the electronic music project Øy.
Nils snakker med, a podcast by Nils m/Skils (in two parts, second part here), about tap dance and life.
BluesAsylet radioprogram with Knut Reiersrud, about historical tap dance recordings.